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Rubio: Sen. Flake Didn't Say Anything New on Hot Mic

Rubio: Sen. Flake Didn't Say Anything New on Hot Mic
Sen. Marco Rubio (Bill Clark/AP Images)

By    |   Monday, 20 November 2017 01:42 PM

Sen. Marco Rubio defended his colleague Sen. Jeff Flake on Monday, saying that while he feels strongly about President Donald Trump, Flake didn't say anything on a hot mic over the weekend that he hasn't said before.

Flake, who announced earlier this year that he will not seek re-election, was overheard on a hot mic Saturday saying his party will be "toast" if it follows the lead of Trump or embattled Alabama senatorial candidate Roy Moore.

"Obviously, Jeff feels very strongly, and I think he's made his feelings known," Rubio told Fox News' "Fox and Friends" program. "I don't think he's said anything on a hot mic that he hasn't implied or said directly in his speeches."

"If we become the party of Roy Moore and Donald Trump, we are toast," the Arizona senator was overheard telling Mesa Mayor John Giles, a personal friend, during a tax reform event in Arizona Saturday, according to ABC affiliate KNXV.

Giles also was heard commenting on the hot mic, sounding as if he was encouraging Flake to run against Trump in 2020.

Rubio said he respects Flake and considers him a friend, and he believes there are a lot of people who believe that what's going on in Washington is exaggerated, anyway.

"They may not agree with every tweet the president puts out, but they also see how everything he does elicits this overreaction on part of the media," the Florida Republican said. "It seems we've become a country where everybody wakes up in the morning and tries to figure out what I should be outraged about today."

When it comes to Moore, Rubio said he doesn't believe the chatter that Attorney General Jeff Sessions would consider taking his job back as Alabama senator, but he does believe the women accusing Moore of sexual incidents when he was in his 30s and they were in his teens are 'credible.'"

"I think we're going to learn even more as this goes on and even if he's elected to the Senate, I think there's going to be a process that many people in the Senate are calling for that could reveal more," Rubio said. "I don't think he has said or done anything in the last ten days that's either convincing or helpful, and I think his accusers have outlined very detailed allegations that seem very credible and are very serious."

Rubio also discussed the pending tax reform legislation, saying he believes the Republican Party has a "fundamental challenge" moving forward and about how to bring the party together in the future.

"Part of it has to be one of the things Donald Trump really woke up to in his campaign, and that is addressing working people across this country," Rubio said. "Some of the press like to say white working class. It's working class of all backgrounds who feel like they've been ignored and disrespected by leaders in both parties for the better part of 25 or 30 years."

Republicans have to be their voice, Rubio said, while standing by free government and a strong national defense.

"There's a lot going on there for companies and multinationals and hopefully for small businesses, and none of that is bad," Rubio said, "but we also have to take care of working people that are making $40,000; $50,000; $60,000 a year and struggling with their families and so forth."

Rubio said when it comes to tax reform, he's looking toward a child tax credit, and he stressed that the credit is not a "welfare" plan.

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Sen. Marco Rubio defended his colleague Sen. Jeff Flake on Monday, saying that while he feels strongly about President Donald Trump, Flake didn't say anything on a hot mic over the weekend that he hasn't said before.
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